Alfalfa treats digestive disorders, anemia and arthritis

Parts Used:
Sprouts, petals, leaves.

Function:
Alfalfa has many healing properties including its ability to detoxify the body due to its high chlorophyll content. It has an alkalizing and neutralizing effect on the digestive tract due to its high mineral content. Alfalfa contains isoflavones that are thought to help reduce symptoms of menopause and balance hormone levels. Alfalfa also contains antifungal agents, which make it ideal for using in poultices for skin disorders.

Uses:
* Traditionally alfalfa leaves were used to treat digestive disorders, anemia, arthritis, constipation, water retention and to encourage lactation in nursing mothers. Alfalfa was used as a folk remedy for a poor appetite and as a general tonic. Chinese herbalists used alfalfa for kidney stones. * Alfalfa provides many vitamins and especially minerals to the body. Alfalfa is useful for conditions including, anemia, constipation, halitosis, general infections, liver problems, eczema and other skin problems, arthritis, intestinal ulcers, symptoms of menopause, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and vitamin and mineral deficiency. Alfalfa also encourages blood clotting and improves digestive disorders.

Guidelines:
* Eat fresh sprouts or drink one cup of alfalfa tea daily, I tablespoon of dried herb steeped in 1 cup of hot water. Use tablets according to label instructions.

Interactions:
* Avoid alfalfa products if you are allergic to alfalfa. * Avoid alfalfa products if you have or if you have a history of systemic lupus erythematosus.

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